February 8, 2019

In a break with what has become tradition – and whilst Walter is distracted with sweating over the running orders for Roadburn 2019 – I have kicked off this week’s playlist with a blast from the past.

You can consider it nothing more than a trip down memory lane, or you can consider it the start of my campaign to bring back Handsome – I don’t mind which. Back in the day (before such frivolities as playlists) a lot of the music I discovered was via the free CDs (and even cassettes) that were stuck to the front of Kerrang! magazine with gummy glue. Back in 1997 Handsome was on one such CD – titled Radio Kerrang! Vol. 2 and introduced by Coal Chamber. Ahem…

Anyway, more recently, when my memory was jumpstarted by seeking out these old compilations, I rediscovered Handsome! And when I posted about it on Facebook wondering if anyone else remembered this band, dozens of people responded in the affirmative. So why have Handsome been forgotten so? What a heartbreaker. I know I am in good company when members of SubRosa, Converge, 16, and The Atlas Moth also pine for Handsome. Maybe it’s not your cup of tea, or maybe it will kickstart your own trip down memory lane.

Either way, the rest of the playlist is packed with future classics – all of which have been released in the past few weeks and months rather than more than two decades ago! We can’t get enough of the new Yeruselem – it’s their second playlist appearance in two weeks! The album is out today so, do yourselves a favour and check that one out.

-Becky Laverty

(Cover photo: Astronoid)

If you want to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Handsome – Going To Panic (Sony)

Astronoid – A New Colour (Blood Music)

ENDON – Love Amnesia (Thrill Jockey)

Yeruselem – Joyless (Eitrin Editions)


Jozef van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch – The Two Paths (Sacred Bones)

Outer Limit Lotus – Lotus Eater (Sleep Chase)

The Comet Is Coming – Summon The Fire (UMG)

Runemagick – Runes of the Undead (Aftermath Recordings)

Our Survival Depends On Us – Gold and Silver (Ván Records)